FI­NALLY FREE TO RUN

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race - – Name and ad­dress with­held

Af­ter be­ing men­tally abused by my hus­band (now ex) for seven years, I suf­fered badly with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, and hardly left the house. Then, one day, out the blue, I dug out a pair of old train­ers and hit the streets. I’d en­joyed run­ning in the past, but hadn't been for years, as my ex didn’t like it. I’ve grad­u­ally built up my mileage and my men­tal and phys­i­cal health have im­proved

dra­mat­i­cally. Every time I put on my train­ers I think, ‘I run be­cause you wouldn’t let me.’ I’m free.

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